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Thomas Smale - Forensics

Since I was a kid I had an interest in forensics, and it was something I always wanted to do, but life took a few different turns.

Thomas Smale
Thomas Smale, Graduate Forensics

I was working in Sydney with kids with autism, and the opportunity presented itself to return to study, so I decided to go for it.

I looked around and saw CIT had a really good reputation for forensics. What really stood out about it was the large practical aspect.

The forensics degree was great. We got so much help from the teachers - they were always very involved.

I guess the thing I most like about CIT is the atmosphere. I've studied at other universities and there's not really the same vibe. When you're here, it's very friendly and you have a more casual relationship with the teachers. You feel more like they know who you are.

The best aspect of the course was CIT's crime scene house - it's one of the only ones of its kind in the world. The teachers are really passionate about making sure what they simulate is based on real crimes, so you get a real, practical feel for the area. They take it very seriously, so you know you're getting the best training.

My dream is to work at the AFP in the crime scene section - and I feel really confident with the skills I've developed. Having had that hands-on experience, it's like I've already been there, out in the field.